Inkcups has introduced Revolution, a high-speed digital inkjet cylinder printer capable of printing 600 parts an hour in full colour.

Revolution prints 360-degree seamless graphics with a maximum resolution of 1200dpi on a wide range of cylindrical objects and open-ended tapered vessels. It can print images up to 220mm tall on a part length of 76-305mm, with a diameter of 63.5-111mm.

Revolution features automatic load/unload, integrated pre-treatment and patented helical printing technology. Common applications include stadium cups, pint glasses, stainless and plastic tumblers, cosmetic jars, glass and plastic bottles, beer cans, oil filters, and others.

Three print stations – highly opaque white, CMYK and varnish – utilise Inkcups’ patented helical printing technology, which interlaces the inkjet drops in a helical pattern, claimed to deliver superior quality images at twice the resolution and image quality compared to similar machines. The system’s printhead technology can cover the full length of a part up to 220mm without additional printhead requirements.

The printer’s inline conveyor can be manually loaded by an operator or automatically loaded using a robotic system for a more streamlined process. Parts are automatically loaded onto 12 vacuum mandrels, deionized, pre-treated with corona or plasma, printed and unloaded onto an exit conveyor after cycling through the machine.

Revolution is delivered as a turnkey package that includes the company’s InkcupCare warranty and service coverage. It is available immediately in North America and will be rolled out globally in 2020. Inkcups previewed Revolution at Printing United, where other direct-to-object systems were also demonstrated.

Ben Adner, Inkcups founder and CEO, said, ‘I feel it is everything we intended to achieve when we started the project over two and a half years ago. We set out to develop an industrial printer for the sweet spot in the market – a machine that’s fast enough to produce real volume; flexible enough for quick change over; have the outstanding print quality our customers are accustomed to; and priced competitively.

‘The price-to-performance ratio of the Revolution is strong – it is a production machine capable of long runs at one-third the cost of comparable machines on the market. We are also proud that our system is designed and built in the US and serviced globally by our experienced team of service engineers.’

Read more about the direct-to-shape/pack/object digital printing market in the November/December issue of Digital Labels & Packaging, and here